For the second day in a row, a former Hallsville Bobcat heard his name called in the Major League Baseball amateur draft.
Connor Reich, a 2014 Hallsville graduate who has spent the past three seasons at Texas State University in San Marcos, was selected in the 31st round on Wednesday by the Chicago White Sox. Reich’s selection comes one day after Justin Slaten (New Mexico) was taken in the third round by the Texas Rangers.
Reich, who originally signed with Texas Christian University out of high school but redshirted there, spent a year at Navarro College before moving on to Texas State.
He was 10-2 at Navarro with a 2.98 earned run average and 94 strikeouts in 2016, 3-5 with a 5.73 ERA and 71 strikeouts at Texas State in 2017 and 6-3 with a 3.57 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 85.2 innings worked as a junior a year ago.
As a senior this past spring, Reich carved out an 8-2 record to go along with a 4.47 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 90.2 innings to earn Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year honors. He led the team in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched.
Reich was a four-time All-East Texas selection by the Longview News-Journal at Hallsville, earning honorable mention honors as a freshman, first team status as a sophomore and junior and Most Valuable Player accolades as a senior.
Reich was 34-10 on the mound in his high school career, going 7-3 as a freshman, 6-3 as a sophomore, 10-2 as a junior and 11-2 with a 1.77 ERA, 152 strikeouts and 47 walks in 91 innings as a senior.